As far as poorly received patches go in the Neverwinter community, the Combat Rework patch that was released yesterday has to be up there, and Cryptic has certainly had a couple of bad patches in the past.
A common joke in the Neverwinter community is that PC players are the beta testers since patches arrive on PC before on Xbox and Playstation, and this time that certainly seems to ring true.
Looking through the Neverwinter Reddit and the official Neverwinter forums there is almost only negative feedback to the patch which seems to have been moved from the preview server to the live server much too soon.
Players are now struggling to defeat mobs in most areas of the game even though the patch was supposed to improve scaling.
Since there was little to no warning given before implementing the patch, the community and content creators have not been able to properly test the changes or make new builds.
Below is some of the feedback from the community.
I started playing yesterday and got to lvl 30 by todays maintanance. i log on see mobs have tripled their hp, i do more damage i have more hp myself but the game as a lvl 30 character in a lvl 30 zone is unplayable. i constantly need to use hp restore items wich come at a cost, i need 3 minutes to kill a pack of monsters that took me 10 seconds yesterday with constant kiting and runing waiting for hp pot to come off cd. i do hope its not intended to be like thisburekna2 on the Official Forums
If the new combat system is what caused even the basic mobs to be able to one-shot anyone, then the new system is BROKEN. This needs to be addressed ASAP. This is making the game too much of a headache to try to even level.harvmonster on the Official Forums
Yesterday before I hopped off. I was 19,241 item level. Been grinding to get to Avernus. I come back. I see there’s and update. I do it. I log in. I browse my stats trying to decide where I’m heading off today to grind. Well what did I find. I got bumped up to 24k item level. Wow golly I think this is awesome. Let’s head over to Avernus right now. Well what do you now. Instead of being a few hundred points away from being just strong enough to start the campaign. Now I’m a few thousand short. So. Yeah. New update made the game grindier. Enemies are godtier strong and seem to melt everyone around me.By Koobitz on Reddit
I’ve been playing for close to a year now and I’ve noticed that every update seems to make the game less enjoyable. This one really made me mad though. The first thing I noticed is that a health bars look different. Not that significant, but still annoyed me. Then I tried fighting, and WOW. Enemies are so hard to defeat now. I was pretty good at combat before the update and now I’m constantly dying. I tried switching out some of my powers and that made no difference.By Itsjordanfunk on Twitter
There has been a small amount of positive feeback as well. Players with very high item levels seem to still be able to play, as well as low level characters, while most players in the middle are struggling.
Hopefully Cryptic will come up with some fixes, and improve the patch before it hits the Xbox and Playstation servers.
Let us know what you think about the recent combat changes in the comments!